Earlier this week, deputy editor and Gator alum Jason Killingsworth issued a fatwa of sorts on the legions of Alabama Crimson Tide fans with his blog post, "10 Best Songs to Listen to While the Gators Spank Alabama in the 2008 SEC Championship." Shortly thereafter, our inboxes filled up with messages from Tide supporters around the blogosphere. The best message came from Tony at AlabamaGameday.net who wanted to craft his own 10-song Bama playlist. So, in the interest of fairness, we told him we'd post it via "Alabama vs Florida - the 2008 SEC Championship Playlist."
Detroit Cobras - "Shout Bama Lama"
buzzsaw cover of an Otis Redding rocker, this one should be played
Saturday at the Georgia Dome every time Tim Tebow is hit in the
backfield. It'll be played a lot.
Jurassic Five - "Twelve"
most every song in Mr. Killingsworth's article (Coldplay? Seriously?),
this choice has nothing specific to say about football, but the title
alone refers to the number of the Tide's national titles... at least
The Doors - "Alabama Song"
weird little ditty originally performed in German opera houses in 1927.
By that time, Alabama had already won its first two national
championships, and had established itself as a football powerhouse.
This Saturday night, Atlanta's whiskey bars will be filled with Tide
fans celebrating their win.
Drive-By Truckers - "The Southern Thing"
from Alabama always seems to require defending your existence. We're
all supposed to be inbred, racist yokels, and it's easier for Yankees
to dismiss us as such, rather than face the skeletons in their own
closets. The Truckers gave voice to this frustration in haunting
Steely Dan - "Deacon Blues"
a palate cleanser, this mellow '70s groove namedrops the Crimson Tide.
Intended as a diss of the championship teams (notice a pattern here?)
of the 70s, the most famous band named after a strap-on instead
provided Tide fans a reason to listen to jazz fusion.
The White Stripes - "Conquest"
has made a living this season by crushing teams who were more hype than
substance. Clemson, Georgia and Auburn - among others - thought showing
up would be enough to win, and ended up notches on our belt. The Gators
seem to be the real deal, so this conquest will be especially sweet.
Connells - "Choose a Side"
is overflowing with martial symbolism and language, and most music
played at games fits the narrow Jock Jams category. Going the opposite
direction, this beautiful Celtic-tinged college rock conjures up battle
imagery without bombast.
My Morning Jacket - "The Bear"
impossible to talk about Alabama football without mentioning Paul
"Bear" Bryant. A legendary figure among the Tide faithful, his memory
has cast a long shadow. Tide coach Nick Saban intends to step out of
that shadow, and wins against Florida and - likely - Oklahoma will help
him do just that.
Public Image Ltd. - "I Could Be Wrong"
Hedging our bets through music, we've chosen a track by John Lydon's second band. In doing so, we're allowing for the slight possibility that, through the miraculous skills of the Great Circumsisor Himself, Florida might be able to... nah...
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Sweet Home Alabama"
thought we'd leave this one out? The anthem to the Heart of Dixie is
sung lustily in every bar in the country, by people of all stripes.
Ironically, it took a group of southern rockers from Florida to capture
the rebellion, self-examination
redemption at the heart of Alabama's character. After winning the SEC
championship, Tide fans will return the favor by serenading the